Unlimited Mail: Urban is against it
A month ago the NCAA's board of directors got together and tried to sort out a plan to "reform" the way college football recruiting works. One of their ideas is to lift all rules on communication with prospects. That means there's no limit to the number of times you can text, tweet, or even snail mail a high school football player.
No limits? Sounds great right? Or would that just make it more like the wild wild west (not that it isn't already like that)?
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made it clear at his press conference on Tuesday that he isn't a fan of that at all:
"Bad stuff. That's stuff that we're going to have to talk [about], the Big Ten Conference is going to meet and I'm putting together a personal letter to all the coaches in America that I disagree with most of it. I would imagine not many people who have recruited wrote those [rules].
"That's my question: Who comes up with that? Have they actually got in a car and went and recruited sophomores in high school? Think about this for a second -- unlimited mailings and you can mail them whatever you want. Take a deep breath and whoever said that, put that in motion, could you imagine what's going to be rolling into kids' driveways? Fatheads and magnets -- nonsense."
Urban's rival at Michigan, Brady Hoke, echoed those same thoughts. And it's a fair point. But while we're on the subject of "reforming" recruiting maybe the NCAA and its conferences should discuss some ideas that may actually work. It's no secret the whole process has become a circus. Verbal commits obviously mean nothing. A week before signing day a player who's been committed to a program from a year can get a scholarship offer and change his mind. We're even waiting a day after signing day to find out what a punter is going to do. Seriously?
Early signing period, losing verbal commitments altogether...maybe. Limitless communication? No.
Meyer said that he's a fan for stiff, harsh penalties for people who break the rules. He likes the regulations that are in place in terms of communicating with high school athletes.
But smart money says whatever the rules are, Urban Meyer will still rise to the top.